Apr 04 AT 6:14 PM Guest Blogger 5 Comments

Digg: First Android app provides easy access to content, but leaves out too many features

Arriving only a few weeks after its iPhone counterpart, a Digg app is now available for Android. The app is straight forward, showing the most dugg stories from the Digg.com website, but it delivers only the most basic experience leaving out even seemingly obvious features.

The Digg app allows for browsing in only 3 categories: Top, Recent and Upcoming. Missing is the ability to browse just images, video, or news (or any number of the many categories on Digg). To add further insult to injury their is NO search feature at all.

Once you choose an article or item of interest, the article loads directly with no intermediate page requiring yet another selection. I really liked that they save us the extra click here. Articles load inside of a “walled garden” in-app browser that poses a few restrictions I found annoying. You can’t pinch to zoom or double tap articles or images to zoom in. There are magnification controls but I found that using them was slow and annoying.

There’s no way to save or share any of the content on articles either. I really enjoy saving images and then posting them on Facebook so this was a real bummer for me as there is no way to save images from an article.

There is a commenting button that takes you to a full list of comments, replies and also related stories for any given article. That’s all good and well but unfortunately there is no way to create a comment or reply to someone’s comment.

Final verdict

Digg app is simple to use and delivers on the most basic function of “digging” or “burying” content but leaves out too many basic features. You may find better luck using the m.digg.com website from your mobile browser which at least doesn’t restrict you from sharing stories.

Pros:

  • One press access to the most popular dugg articles and items.

Needs improving:

  • No option to share stories
  • No commenting on articles
  • No pinch to zoom
  • No search or categories

Note: Version 1.0 was used for this review.

From the Digg blog: We’d love your feedback so please tell us what you think. We’ll be working hard on releasing more improvements to this app in the coming weeks.

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Note: This review was submitted by Jon Morales as part of our app review contest.

Source: Digg

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  • http://Website Jeremy P.

    I would have rather they not even released this app. It seems to be alpha quality software at best. This Digg app looks more like a simple browser that opens some web app. I don’t need a shortcut to digg.com, I want a real client. I didn’t even have to ask if the iPhone app was better than what we got, I already know the answer. Is this device favoritism, or those Digg guys not knowing (caring to learn) the Android SDK?

  • http://www.theinternetjournalist.com Michael Struwig

    Here’s a quick overview of the Digg app for Android I made that yesterday, so you can see the app in action.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIc7WeoutG4
    Quick Review: Digg for Android

  • http://Website Jimmy

    Yeah I was really unimpressed. The mobile web page is much better than this after thought of an app.

  • http://www.kacaudah.com Eloy Lamper

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  1. Jeremy P.Guest 5 years ago

    I would have rather they not even released this app. It seems to be alpha quality software at best. This Digg app looks more like a simple browser that opens some web app. I don’t need a shortcut to digg.com, I want a real client. I didn’t even have to ask if the iPhone app was better than what we got, I already know the answer. Is this device favoritism, or those Digg guys not knowing (caring to learn) the Android SDK?

  2. Michael StruwigGuest 5 years ago

    Here’s a quick overview of the Digg app for Android I made that yesterday, so you can see the app in action.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIc7WeoutG4
    Quick Review: Digg for Android

  3. JimmyGuest 5 years ago

    Yeah I was really unimpressed. The mobile web page is much better than this after thought of an app.

  4. Eloy LamperGuest 4 years ago

    Hey! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so I came to give it a look. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Wonderful blog and excellent design and style.